City reduces waste capacity after NYLPI-backed legislation and lawsuit to clean up transfer station

December 20, 2019

Empowered by a waste equity law (Local Law 152 of 2018) passed in 2018 with the support of NYLPI’s coalition, the NYC Department of Sanitation has reduced the permitted waste capacity for three transfer stations in Brooklyn.  In 2017, NYLPI sued one of …

Court dismisses industry challenge to our hard-won waste equity law

October 7, 2019

We are delighted to have scored a major new court victory for overburdened communities as they stand up to overburdening by the city’s waste truck traffic and tonnage. Citing extensively from NYLPI’s April legal brief on the subject, a New York court o …

A “people-powered initiative”: The history of waste equity policy in New York

July 31, 2019

Our pop-up social justice museum was packed tonight for a discussion about using innovative policy solutions to advance the goals of sustainability and equity in New York. You can watch video of the discussion here. NYLPI’s Senior Attorney for Environm …

NYLPI Sues Private Garbage Facility on Behalf of Cleanup North Brooklyn

August 30, 2017

NYLPI’s Environmental Justice Program, partnering with pro bono co-counsel Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP, filed a lawsuit today on behalf of community group Cleanup North Brooklyn and neighborhood residents against a private waste transfer station …

NY Times Features NYLPI Client, Cleanup North Brooklyn, and Citywide Waste Equity Battles

December 23, 2016

The New York Times featured NYLPI client Cleanup North Brooklyn and NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan in an article highlighting waste equity issues in North Brooklyn, the South Bronx, and Southeast Queens. Cleanup North Brooklyn recently rele …

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